How to delete horizontal lines?

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  1. modene1, Apr 12, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2014

    modene1 macrumors newbie

    modene1

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    #1
    Hi folks,

    I have a MS Word document with numerous horizontal lines going all the way across the page (Mac).

    I can't:
    1. Select them
    2. See them in "Show non-printing characters"
    3. Select a range from above to below and delete/cut

    When I hover over them, the "move" icon appears (two parallel horizontal lines with arrows pointing up and down).

    How can I delete/remove these lines?

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

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    What kind of document is it? Word, Pages, HTML, something else?

    Be specific: include the app's name and version number, if any.
     
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Is it a page break?
     
  4. modene1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    modene1

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    Sorry I thought this was a Mac Word forum.

    And no it isn't a page break.
     
  5. modene1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Replicated

    I've replicated how to make the lines but still I can't delete them.

    Enter _ three times and Word automatically makes a line across the page i.e. ___{enter}
     
  6. Parkin Pig macrumors 6502a

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    Auto Borders

    What you've got there are autoformatted borders. Word has automatically swapped the three underscores for a border line, in accordance with the settings in your preferences.

    I'm using Word:mac 2011 (v14.3.0) - you didn't specify which version you're using - it's always best to give as much info as possible when asking for help. With this in mind, there may be slight differences between my screenshots and what you'll see on your screen.

    Next to the line, there should be a contextual menu (figure 1)
    If you click on this, you should see the following options: (figure 2)
    Undo Border Line (i.e. revert back to the three underscores)
    Stop Automatically Creating Border Lines (i.e. change the preference setting)
    Control AutoFormat Options... (this will open your AutoFormat preference pane)

    To check out and modify your preferences:
    From the WORD menu, select Preferences...
    From Preferences, select AutoCorrect
    In AutoCorrect, select the AutoFormat as You Type tab

    Hover the cursor over Borders, and check the description of its function below (figure 3)

    Have a look around the other functions and decide which you want to use as a default.
     

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  8. Parkin Pig macrumors 6502a

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    No worries - the autocorrect functions can be very useful, but can also make Word appear to do some odd things at times.
     
  9. JFreund, Sep 14, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2015

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    FOUND THE ANSWER:
    1. Put cursor immediately above the horizontal line
    2. Go to Format>Borders and Shading
    3. Click the box for the bottom line so it is unselected and the border (line) is removed

    However, once you have made changes to the document, a contextual menu will no longer show. There is then no way to edit the line.

    How does one delete or move the horizontal line AFTER having made changes or edits to the document?

    Thanks.
    Jonathan

    Word for Mac 2011 14.5.5
    OS X Yosemite 10.10.5
     
  10. vkd macrumors 6502a

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    1. Use pages.
    2. Start again.
    3. Have a shave.
     
  11. ElenaInez macrumors newbie

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    --- Post Merged, Jan 26, 2017 ---
    I have a iMac using OS10.11.6 and I am working in MSWord for Mac Version 15.30. I have a line in a document that does not respond to the above advice. I am using an MS Word template for Newsletters and on p. 3 it a suddenly appeared. I can move it up and down but I cannot get rid of it. It acts like a page break but can't be deleted. If I try to cut and paste the material to another empty document it appears in the new doc. It cannot be selected though it can be moved. It has a tiny box attached to one end. It is driving my crazy...please help.
     

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